SIMS - monthly meetup to help business people develop new skills

Winner of the SIMS Search for Success competition, Donna Reid, from Ipswich based Konjo Photography

Winner of the SIMS Search for Success competition, Donna Reid, from Ipswich based Konjo Photography with the Measured Brilliance team, Mel Montallana, Sam Parnell and Max Shelley. - Credit: Archant

Konjo Photography named winners of SIMS Search For Success competition’

Panel discussion at SIMS meeting at UCS in June 2016

Panel discussion at SIMS meeting at UCS in June 2016 - Credit: Archant

Local digital community, SIMS Digital Skills for Businesses, has announced the winners of its Search For Success competition.

Winning business, Konjo Photography (based in Ipswich), is a professional photography company specialising in human photography, including wedding, newborn and portrait photography.

The winner was announced at June’s SIMS meetup where Konjo Photography owner Donna Reid was in the audience to accept her prize.

This news capped off a productive SIMS meetup, which featured an Ask The Experts social media panel.

The competition, organised by local Internet marketing team Measured Brilliance, and sponsored by Ipswich Borough Council, focused on finding small to medium businesses with aspirations for growth in 2016, and helping them to achieve their ambitions with a prize of

£1,000 in SEO services.

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More than 100 applications were received and Sam Parnell from Measured Brilliance thanked all applicants, “We really appreciate the time these small

businesses have taken, we know they are all very busy. Ipswich Borough Council have once again provided an amazing opportunity for these businesses to grow and it’s great to see so many entrants from forward-looking businesses.”

Donna Reid, owner of Konjo Photography, said: “I am thrilled to have won the Search For Success competition and cannot wait to start working with the team at Measured Brilliance.”

Ipswich council leader David Ellesmere said: “We are pleased to sponsor SIMS and the Search for Success Competition. I want to congratulate Konjo – a great local Ipswich business – on their winning entry. It is important for every small business to get the support they need to develop their digital marketing and SIMS is a great way oflearning more about this field.”

Every month, SIMS hosts two industry experts to speak in front of an audience of business owners complete with Q&A sessions to answer the audience’s questions including updates on the digital industry. SIMS meetups are held every last Tuesday of the month from 19:00-21:00

at the UCS Waterfront Building Ipswich.

Local people in business are invited to join SIMS this month. For more details go to

This month’s SIMS features Laura Morrison from Your Telemarketing and business coach Suzanne MacDonald Carr, who will be talking about how to use telemarketing effectively to increase your business sales.

Laura will share some of her knowledge and experience gained over 25 years in the industry to help small business owners tackle the challenge of making outbound calls to generate new

clients. From the importance of good quality data through to objection handling, Laura will leave you armed and even excited about undertaking some telemarketing to help you grow

your business.

Suzanne will provide a Helicopter Tour of marketing and sales strategies to grow your business.

Admission to SIMS is free.

The next meetup is on Tuesday July 26, at the UCS Waterfront Building in Ipswich.

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